The United National Population Fund (UNPF) says the population trends and dynamics can have an effect on the prospects for poverty reduction and sustainable development.
It is on the back of such report that former president Jerry John Rawlings has said Ghana could reduce poverty if she controls her growing population.
“Overgrowing population brings poverty," he said.
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The NDC founder further urged parents to have a number of children they can adequately cater for.
He was speaking at the first “Akpleza" - food festival - in Ho, organised by Volta One Television.
According to the UNPF, when women and couples are empowered to plan whether and when to have children, women are better enabled to complete their education; women’s autonomy within their households is increased; and their earning power is improved.
The UNPF report also noted that population regulation strengthens the economic security and well-being families. Cumulatively, this contributes to development progress and poverty reduction.
YEN.com.gh put up a post on Facebook to ask what people made of the former president’s assertions. The response were mixed, with some supported his view, while others disagreed.
Below are some of the reactions from the post:
Michael says Rawlings as president of the Republic didn't do anything to reduce poverty.
Papa appeared to agree with Papa J.
Simon was full of praise for the former president.
Smiley thinks poverty is best controlled when corruption is checked.
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